WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A message from Philippe Boets about The 2017 Petanque America Open and the Petanque America business.

Hello all!
The PA Open:
I'm getting a lot of calls about the Open this year.
Our local Tourist Office (AICVB) has agreed to take over the overall organization. The competition proper will be run by Ernesto Santos & Xavier Thibaud, who did a great job last year as well. .
Dates are Nov 10/11/12 and registration starts on May 1st, at 10amET.
This means that - for the very first time - I can be there and welcome you all without having to stress out over the logistics! 
PA business
Some of you also know that, after 26 years (OMG, has it been thàt long, no wonder!), I want to slow down with the "24/7/365 petanque".
As of May 1st, I will be joined by Joel Woodlief, who will gradually take over the business and make sure equipment remains readily available, right here in America, from Amelia Island. Joel is new to petanque, but has lots of experience in business and marketing, and I am confident he will take very good care of the petanque community.
We will continue to promote:
- the inexpensive, chrome sets, for beginners on a budget, for when lots of boules are needed, to lend out, etc...
- Obut competition boules (with the drop of the Euro, no more need to import from elsewhere as I did before).
- the new, intermediate, Obut stainless steel leisure boules. They are great value for money, in 8 designs, at $64 per set of 3. More than ever, I believe the focus for beginners should be on "good quality, middle of the road", instead of "only official boules". One of the reasons why our Amelia Island club grew so fast, and steadfastly remains among the top clubs in numbers, is that we never worry about "regulation" boules. The easier it is to get newcomers started, the better.
And we remain always open to suggestions for new, complementary items.
I sincerely appreciate your support over all these years and look forward to see many of you here in November!  
PS: feel free to pass this message along to your club members.
Petanque America
1438 E Oak St
Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island, FL 32034
Phone: 904-491-1190
Email: petanqueamerica@gmail.com
Website: www.petanque-america.com

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Portland Pétanque - 2017 Rose City Open

The Rose City Open (RCO) registration is now open. And an early bird discount on the fee is being offered. We have already received a number of registrations from last year's participants. And we are hoping to make this year's tournament an even greater success.

Steve Walker
cell: 617-852-4262

Friday, March 17, 2017

LPM - Commemorative Cup winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Commemorative Cup Tournament. 
First Place: Louis Toulon/Monique Bricca
Second Place: Patrick Vaslet/ShannonBowman
Third Place: Doug Colville/Nancy Jenks (not pictured)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

La Boule d'Or - San Francisco Pétanque

A message from La Boule d'Or President, Jack McKinnon:
This Saturday March 18th 1:00pm, at the Pétanque courts just west of Spreckles lake between the Bison paddock and 39th Ave. in Golden Gate Park.
Potluck theme
 * Play * Eat * Celebrate *
Bring a friend or anyone who might be interested in playing pétanque. We have some extra boules.
Note: This is not a tournament, just friendly play.
Hopefully there will be tournaments coming later this year as we get organized.
See you there!
Jack McKinnon
La Boule d'Or

Thursday, March 9, 2017

LPM & Petaluma Valley Pétanque - Home & Home 2017

The last half of the 'Home and Home' is March 19 to be played in Marin.

Registration is $5.00 per player.
Only 4 triples teams per club will be allowed. 
Team registration is to be made by email - to me at this address. 
LPM Team members must be licensed through Marin.
Registration for the March 19 event will open on Monday, March 13, 9AM.

Please read the attached flyer.  It describes registration requirements as well as the rules of the event.  If you are interested in playing, put together a team and have one of the members send the team names to marin.petanque@gmail.com

The first four teams, in order of their registration, will be taken.  Any teams that enter after our four-team quota is filled, will be put on a waiting list for potential dropouts that might occur for unexpected reasons.

If you have questions, you can call 415-302-5069

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

LPM - Pierre Joske Courts Improvement Project


LPM has a contract with The County of Marin to use the park.
The County maintenance crews have started cleaning the courts.
The County is putting out a bid for contractors to do the first part of the project which will be the fencing.
LPM needs to raise $30,000 for the first phase. We have all enjoyed many hours of friendship, sport, and picnics on our pétanque courts and hope you will consider to do what you can, by donating to the project. We received our first donation of $5000 from Charlie Davantes. Thank you!!!! You don’t have to give that much, unless you can, then please do! Everything is appreciated and will help make this happen. Please fill out the donation sheet and send it back as soon as possible.  The donation is tax deductible.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 LPM Calendar

Thursday Games

Thursday has become a wonderful day to play pétanque in San Rafael. The weather has generally been very nice, and the people who regularly attend, are equally enjoyable with whom to play.
If you find yourself near the courts between 12:30 and 4:00 on a Thursday afternoon, stop by and join us!

Friday, November 18, 2016

LPM - November 20 Tournament

Due to forecasted inclement weather, the tournament scheduled for the 20th of November has been cancelled.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Singles Tournament Rescheduled

The Singles Tournament has been rescheduled:  It will now be held on 

Saturday, October 29th.

If you are able to make the new date, I will mark you as registered.  

If you can not, let me know and I will shred your check (or return it voided if you wish).

Note:  I know this falls on the rain date for Sacramento's rescheduled 6Ball Challenge - but it is the only weekend we can pull it off.  All we can do is hope for a beautiful, sunny weekend.


Friday, October 14, 2016

LPM - Last Saturday Free Lesson of 2016

Tomorrow, October 15th, is the last free Saturday lesson to be offered in 2016. Please refer to the blog post HERE for the pertinent details. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

VOMPC - Bastille Day Celebration

This is it—the VOMPC Grand Concours de Pétanque! It’s our very popular Bastille Day celebration, taking place on SUNDAY, JULY 17th. Ravenswood Winery is our generous sponsor, and we are very grateful! 
Register for the casual melée tournament by 10am. Cost is $10 per player. You do not need to make a reservation to play in the tournament.
The gourmet lunch will be catered by Chef Ed Metcalfe of Shiso Restaurant. YOU MUST MAKE A LUNCH RESERVATION, by calling the VOMPC Hotline at 707-343-9465. This year we can only accommodate 100 people for lunch, so make your reservation on the Hotline soon. Reservations end when we reach 100, or on July 13th at noon, whichever happens first. It will most likely sell out before 7/13. Cost is $20 per person. DO NOT reply to this email for reservations! If your lunch reservations change, please call us again on the hotline right away, so we can try to accommodate others.

North Coast Pétanque - Skip Wollenberg Open

Monday, June 27, 2016

LPM - Summer Pétanque League

Hi Everyone,
First night will include a BBQ potluck. Attached is a sign up sheet for the Wednesday night Petanque league that will start July 14th. Get two of your favorite people and start a team to play. Sign up sheet can be mailed, handed to me at the courts or emailed. See you soon. Bises Brigitte

Salut tout le monde,
Ci-joint une feuille d'inscription pour le mercredi soir Petanque championnat qui débutera 14e Juillet . Obtenez deux de vos personnes préférées et commencer une équipe à jouer. Inscrivez- feuille peut être envoyé par la poste , m'a remis les tribunaux ou par courriel . À bientôt. Bises Brigitte

LPM - Select Mixed Triples 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

LPM - 2016 Commemorative Cup

This tournament had been rescheduled  from March 13 to May 15, 2016 due to rain.  
Please go ahead and choose your partners - (1 man and 1 woman - Mixed Doubles).
Registration closes @ 10 am sharp and Games begin 10:30am sharp -- no exceptions!
For more information call Verena Rytter (415) 892-5034 or Liv Kraft (415) 805-8502

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sonoma Wine Country Games - 2016

Petanque will again be included in the Wine Country Games to be held on Saturday, June 11th, at the Valley of the Moon Petanque Club. This is a fundraiser for the Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels and is truly worth your entry. Please register at www.winecountrygames.com  You must be at least 50 years young to enter.

The event is Select Doubles. You register for the Wine Country Games, and then you can enter as many venues as you can handle! One participant entered 5 sporting events! Way to go, Jean-Claude Etallaz! Antoine Lofaro and I will be defending our 2015 title! 

First Prize, along with your Wine Country Games medal, is $50 Gift Certificate from The Girl and The Fig (for both participants!), a bottle of Ricard, and a bottle of wine! That's definitely worth more than your entry fee. Last year everyone walked away with something! This year the prizes again will go deep.

I hope to see you in Sonoma on June 11th. Any questions, please write to me at chezteri@earthlink.net and note Wine Country Games in the subject line.

Thank you for your support!

Teri Sirico
Wine Country Games Petanque Sports Commissioner

Thursday, April 14, 2016

RIP René Di Maio

René di Maio’s s memorial will take place:
Saturday April 30th, 11:00 am
St. Isabella's Church 
One Trinity Way, San Rafael, CA 94903

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sacramento Pétanque - Inter-Regional Mixed Doubles

Dear Regional Petanque Clubs, 

Attached is the flyer for our upcoming FPUSA Select Mixed Doubles tournament. 
The start time is half an hour earlier than our Select Triples we held on April 3rd, and the morning games will be timed. 
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or concerns you may have. 

Thank you,
Brendan Cohen
Club Francais de Sacramento
P.O. Box 1767
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1767